First and last flight
Their conversation resulted in Jack’s relatives being flown over to England by ProLogis for the unveiling ceremony on – of course – July 4th. Helaine, 43, her daughter Catherine, nine, and her mother Helen Perrin, 75 - the widow of Jack's first cousin Donald Perrin – were presented with a boxed edition of the Order of Service and Stanley Jones’ book, “The First and Last Mustang Flight of a Heroic WWII American Pilot.” Jessica had organised the publication of Stanley’s story, which now included photographs of Captain Perrin and letters he had written home.
The event even connected the youngest generations, enabling them to begin to understand the united cause which brought soldiers of two continents together. Catherine laid a wreath on the memorial stone and talked to children from the local school the plane had narrowly missed, including two youngsters whose grandparents had been pupils at the time.